[Reading] ➸ Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown By Anne Glenconner – Tactical-player.co.uk
I really enjoyed this honest, heart warming and funny book It made me laugh and it made me cry.Fabulous THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Gentle, Wise, Unpretentious, But Above All Inspiring THE TIMES Remarkable If Your Jaw Doesn T Drop At Least Three Times Every Chapter, You Ve Not Been Paying Proper Attention THE SUNDAY TIMES A Candid, Witty And Stylish Memoir MIRANDA SEYMOUR, FINANCIAL TIMES A Startling, Rare, Beguiling Insight Into A Lost World Of Royalty And Celebrity With As Many Tears As There Are Titles DAILY EXPRESS Astounding Memoir INDIA KNIGHT I Couldn T Put It Down Funny And Touching Like Looking Through A Keyhole At A Lost World RUPERT EVERETT Lady Glenconner S Life Story Is A Combination Of Royal Magic, Personal Tragedy And Resilient Survival With Humour, Courage And Preternatural Poise, She At Last Tells The Story Of Her Uniquely Fascinating Life TINA BROWN It S A Total Hoot I Can T Put It Down JANET STREET PORTER, DAILY MAIL Marvellous Book One S Eyes Were On Stalks JAN MOIR, DAILY MAIL Anne Glenconner Has Written A Remarkable Memoir Containing, At Last, A Genuine Portrait Of Princess Margaret From One Who Knew Her Well But This Book Is Poignant Too, And Through The Pages Shine Her Courage And Good Humoured Acceptance Of Her Demons And Tragedies HUGO VICKERS The Remarkable Life Of Lady In Waiting To Princess Margaret Who Was Also A Maid Of Honour At The Queen S Coronation And Is A Character In The Crown This Autumn Anne Glenconner Reveals The Real Events Behind The Crown As Well As Her Own Life Of Drama, Tragedy And Courage, With The Wonderful Wit And Extraordinary Resilience Which Define HerAnne Glenconner Has Been Close To The Royal Family Since Childhood Eldest Child Of The Th Earl Of Leicester, She Was, As A Daughter, Described As The Greatest Disappointment By Her Family As She Was Unable To Inherit Her Childhood Home Holkham Hall Is One Of The Grandest Estates In England Bordering Sandringham The Princesses Elizabeth And Margaret Were Frequent Playmates From Maid Of Honour At The Queen S Coronation To Lady In Waiting To Princess Margaret, Lady Glenconner Is A Unique Witness To Royal History, As Well As An Extraordinary Survivor Of A Generation Of Aristocratic Women Trapped Without Inheritance And Burdened With Social Expectations She Married The Charismatic But Highly Volatile Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner, Who Became The Owner Of Mustique Together They Turned The Island Into A Paradise For The Rich And Famous, Including Mick Jagger And David Bowie, And It Became A Favourite Retreat For Princess Margaret But Beneath The Glitz And Glamour There Has Also Lurked Tragedy On Lord Glenconner S Death In He Left His Fortune To A Former Employee And Of Their Five Children, Two Grown Up Sons Died, While A Third Son Had To Be Nursed Back From A Coma By Anne, After Having Suffered A Near Fatal Accident Anne Glenconner Writes With Extraordinary Wit, Generosity And Courage And She Exposes What Life Was Like In Her Gilded Cage, Revealing The Role Of Her Great Friendship With Princess Margaret, And The Freedom She Can Now Finally Enjoy In Later Life She Will Appear As A Character In The New Series Of The Crown This Autumn Well written, very entertaining, brutally honest and sad I laughed, I felt a bit disturbed and I cried What could you want I listened to the audiobook and will be telling everyone about this book What a story And beautifully written The narration by Anne herself made it even special An amazing life and one incredible lady. Wonderful enthralling read. The word remarkable is overused in book reviews but in this case given who the author is it is fully justified Lady Glenconner is 87 Born in 1932 she was named Lady Anne Coke the eldest daughter of the 5th Earl of Leicester She grow up in Holkham Hall in Norfolk In 1936 she married Lord Glenconner In 1971 she was made Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret, a role she kept until Margaret s death in 2002 In the third series of The Crown she is portrayed by Nancy Carroll Helena Bonham Carter plays Margaret.Her book is replete with intimate revelations which some will find truly staggering Every chapter gets worse or better according to your tastes Very few will be mentioned here in order not to spoil your fun but be warned sex features a great deal She provided the Queen Mother with her first experience of nudist beaches In her later years she entered accidentally into an orgy in Paris this made me wonder how does one do that The book paints a warmer, sympathetic picture of Margaret whom she had known when a very young child Sandringham is very near Holkham Hall.Males get a low rating in this account Given who they are or were I am not surprised Most of her male acquaintences had interests that ranged from horses to reunion dinners and back They were, she says, boring and very predictable Lord Snowdon doesn t come across smelling of roses either.Lady Glenconner has suffered many tragedies in her family One son was in a coma for months following a motorcycle accident, another died of Aids , he was only 29 Charlie, the eldest, was a heroin addict who died of hepatitis C at 39 Colin, her husband of 54 years, was very complex, funny, spoilt, and difficult He was an exhibitionist to put it mildly He was banned from BA after a row about seating arrangements In his will he left most of his fortune to an employee The family contested it and won.The style is jaunty, the revelations eye opening and jaw dropping. My Extraordinary Life must be the under statement of 2019.What an incredible woman with an equally incredible tale to tell.Told in the matter of fact manner of someone to whom these unusual experiences were a way of life One of these happenings in a lifetime would be enough for most people.Why bother with ludicrous, badly written soap operas when you can read the real thing I am really sorry I finished it so quickly.